Forest forestalls squatters
The housing crunch in Jackson, Wyo., is expected to
get even tighter this summer. Bridger-Teton National Forest
officials announced in April that camping on forest land in the
Jackson district this summer will be limited to five days, cut from
16. This worries the Jackson Hole chamber of commerce, since 1,200
seasonal workers usually move into the forest during warm weather.
Chamber director Joe Rogers says affordable housing is already
tight because three private campgrounds recently closed after the
land was slated for development. While Teton County Commissioner
Sandy Shuptrine said she supports cracking down on squatters, some
of whom cause law enforcement problems, she'd like Forest Service
officials to develop a new campground just for seasonal workers.